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Best Moments 2021-22: Best In-Game Moments

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June 24, 2022

By Paige Burnell/SanDiegoGulls.com

With the 2021-22 season officially in the books, SanDiegoGulls.com looks back on some of the memorable moments and incredible performances from the past seven months. Today, we’re highlighting some can’t-miss memories, including returning from a popular charity night and coming home to San Diego.

The Gulls capped their second annual giving season with the return of the Teddy Bear Toss at the team’s Winter Wonderland Night against the San Jose Barracuda on December 18, 2021.

Benoit-Olivier Groulx kicked off the festivities by scoring the Gulls’ first goal of the game and their first power-play goal of the season with just over two minutes left in the second period. San Diego ultimately lost the game 4-1, but the goal alone was a momentous occasion for Gulls players and America’s best fans.

The whole team took part in this beloved American Hockey League tradition, having fun helping pick up all the teddy bears thrown on the ice.

“You know, we have big fans,” the Gulls striker said Boyfriend Robinson said. “They are always there to support us. There were a lot of bears tonight, our arms were a bit tired from pushing them around, so we appreciate all the support and just hope they come back.”

All of the bears were donated to local organizations including Ronald McDonald House San Diego and Operation Homefront.

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San Diego announced a franchise debut in the summer of 2021 – the creation of a new third jersey, which is set to debut during the regular season. The team unveiled their new yarns in mid-November and, in a Black Friday game with the San Jose Barracuda, debuted the highly anticipated jerseys at Pechanga Arena. The Gulls’ new sweater exceeded expectations not only with its sharp aesthetic, but also the symbolism present in every stitch.

Hockey legend and trailblazer Willie O’Ree dropped the ceremonial puck to commemorate the occasion, helping the team don the new jerseys that recall the jerseys he wore when he was a seagull.

“Our third jersey preserves the history of the original Gulls franchise and offers a fresh take on who we are as a hockey club, featuring a classic design,” said Gulls Director of Hockey Operations Jillian Reddin. . “Gulls fans can resonate with this iconic nod to San Diego hockey history with a uniform and branding that supports the lexicon of our existing primary jerseys and uniforms. additional logos with the essence of San Diego’s past for our players to don in the future.”

The jersey’s color scheme features orange and white accents on an ocean blue base representing San Diego and its Pacific Ocean coastline. The “Gulls” text logo is a tribute to the jerseys worn by the original Gulls team in 1966. The inside neckline of the sweater reads “America’s Finest City,” a tribute to San Diego’s iconic nickname, and lists three years that represent pivotal moments in San Diego hockey history: 1944, the beginning of professional hockey in San Diego, 1966, the first version of the San Diego Gulls and 2015, the year of the Gulls’ return to San Diego with the expansion of the Pacific Division of the American Hockey League (AHL).

The jersey’s debut brought luck to the Gulls as the team beat the Barracuda 4-2 for their fourth consecutive victory at the time.

The Gulls were 5-2-1-0 when they wore their new jerseys at the end of the 2021-22 season, and there is no doubt that they will wear these uniforms, which serve as a seamless amalgamation of the Gulls. current and legendary team culture. , for many games to come.

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After 608 days away from the friendly confines of San Diego, the Gulls returned to Pechanga Arena and America’s Finest Fans.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2019-20 season and pushed the Gulls all the way to Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena for a 2020-21 season played without fans. News of the team’s return sparked immediate interest, and as October 22 approached, undeniable excitement ran through the team.

“It feels good to skate there,” Hunter Drew said after the team’s first practice at the arena. “Recalls memories and gets the excitement and adrenaline pumping a little.”

A sold-out crowd of more than 12,000 fans — the team’s 15th sell-out in AHL history — filled the stands for the opener presented by the California Coast Credit Union, enjoying a pre-game tailgate and a live DJ. The buzz picked up shortly before the face-off, with a deafening roar as the team dimmed the lights for their pre-game presentations. Each seagull had its moment in the sun, greeted by a sea of ​​coordinated flashing lights and a noisy atmosphere.

Alexandre Limogeswho finished the season with a slew of records, including most goals in a season by a rookie, most points in a calendar month (March 2022; 9-7=16 points), most power-play goals in a season and the most power-playing goals by a rookie in a season, scored the Gulls’ first power-play goal to commemorate his first game at Pechanga Arena.

The striker admitted that he fed off the electricity coming from the crowd.

“I tried to go there without any expectations,” Limoges said. “I heard there was going to be a good crowd tonight and a $2 Bud Light party. I heard rumors and they beat them all so it was great fun to be here, in waiting to come out for the opening face-off.”

The Gulls finished their season averaging 6,992 fans per game, ranking second in the AHL Western Conference in average attendance and fourth among all AHL member clubs.

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The Gulls used The Force in mid-March, recording back-to-back shutouts for the first time in franchise history. Lucas Dostal started the streak, stopping 22 shots in a 3-0 win at Bakersfield on March 11. Just one night later, at the team’s annual Star Wars party, Olle Eriksson Ek tied Dostal with a 22-save effort for his first career shutout in a 4-0 win over rival Ontario Reign.

“Obviously Olle (Eriksson Ek) made some big saves for us there so he bailed us out when we needed him,” right winger Bryce Kindopp said after the victory. “I think we had good sticks, we kept them out and when they came through Olle was there for us.”

Consecutive clean sheets kicked off San Diego’s playoff push. The wins kicked off a six-game point streak for the Guls – tying the record for the fourth-longest unbeaten streak in club history – and propelled them into the playoffs in the Pacific Division.

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The Gulls held their third annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night on April 2, 2022 against the Iowa Wild, winning 5-3 for their first victory of the season against their Central Division opponents.

The crucial win was defined by a much bigger issue, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s Hockey Fights Cancer™ initiative, which brings together all corners of the hockey community in the aim of raising awareness and supporting those who are fighting against all forms of cancer.

Drew presented the Santiago family with personalized Hockey Fights Cancer jerseys in honor of Edith Santiago, a loyal member of the Gulls herd who tragically lost her seven and a half year battle with cancer in September 2021.

The Santiagos received specialized lavender jerseys with “E. Santiago” embroidered on the back, honoring Edith and preserving her memory. She has always attended the annual theme party, and this season marked the first for the family without her by their side. It was an emotional evening for Edith’s family and for everyone at the game who came together to support the Hockey Fights Cancer™ initiative.